Dragon Stout | Desnoes & Geddes Limited

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Brewed by:
Desnoes & Geddes Limited
Jamaica
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Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 01-30-2001

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3.46
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Photo of aerozeppl
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light in color for a stout. Minimal tan head.

S: Sweet malt. Molasses?

T: Malt, brown sugar, sweetness with a weird fruit finish. Weird in a good way though.

M: On the thin side for the style. Med body but feels thicker.

D: Super drinkable stout. Even at the 7.5% I could have another.

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Photo of u2carew
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9.6oz bottle. Brought to me by a buddy.
A) Pours with a two finger head tan in color. Opaque. Tight and sticky lacing.
S) Bready. Hints of alcohol, roasted grain and coffee.
T) Sweet malty base, yet still robust in flavors. Chocolate. Smoky. Alcohol in the finish.
M) Smooth. Full body. Alcohol effervescence.
D) A delicious stout. I'd definitely have another one.

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Photo of hyland24
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have sampled this both out of the bottle and poured into a pint glass from the bottle and this will be a combo of both reviews.

A- Poured black and oily with minimal dk brown head. Sticky coating left on the side of the glass.

S- Not a very overpowering smell although I did get hints of roasted malt.

T- Sweet and delicious. Brown sugar and malt dominated this one with a slight alcohol warm finish. Smooth taste for the 7.5 ABV.

MF&D- I enjoyed the taste much more out of the bottle than the pint glass for some reason. My buddy Nasty came to the same conclusion. Also found its better colder which is unusual I find for a stout. Beware these go down smooth and could lead to shots fired.

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Photo of jdoherty
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

While its not exactly a premium stout, this beer is easy to find in bodegas all over New York, and is less filling than your average stout, allowing you to drink it without your stomach exploding.

Pours very dark, with a little red tint, pretty much opaque. Very small amount of caramel colored head on top. Advertises as 7.5 ABV and you can tell when you take a whiff of it.

Very smooth taste, but I would rather have a thick stout taste over something that goes down smooth. Overall, a very acceptable alternative to the more expensive stouts

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starting off, pitch black appearance. My ideal image of an excellent beer. The smell was very sweet, was a bit afraid seeing how it reminded me of strong beers like Colt 45.

The taste was excellent, first beer from Jamaica and tastes like it's from a Belgian microbrewery. Dark and bold, sweet and malty. Tastes almost like roasted nuts and chocolate, like a fine specialty coffee.

A mouthfull is very thick and full bodied, taste does not degenerate at all.

Would higly recommend a try, when it comes to high alcohol beer this is almost on the same pedistal as Duvel. If you are lucky enough to find a case, pick it up so it will last a while since it is very rare. At least around here.

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Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 284ml brown bottle. No freshness date. Cool looking yellow label with a red dragon outline.

Appearance: Pitch black with ruby edges. Pours a nice tan head, but it's lost to a thin ringed whisp in seconds.

Smell: Roasted malt aromas with an underlying lacto-like sweet character and a bold ester to balance.

Taste: Smooth, sweet and creamy. Malt is actually very sweet -- full-bodied and robust -- so much so that there's a chewy mouthfeel. Milk chocolate, coffee and dark rum qualities (like Meyer's Rum). Very alcoholic, you can feel it course its way thru. If there is any bitterness, it's riding on the back of a mild roasted malt astringency. The sweetness gives way to ripe dark cherries that meld with the others and carries through to the end. There is also a lacto sweetness through and through. Finishes with dry chocolate/coffee notes and a touch of residual sweetness.

Notes: A unique, bold and interesting island Stout. Lacking in the hop balance department, but that could be one of its best defining qualities. Good buzz factor and it definitely lives up to its name. 7.5%abv.

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Photo of r0nyn
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my trusty Troegs pint glass.

A vigorous pour yields a nice thick dark tan head that quickly dissipates, leaving a lot of sticky lacing. The brew itself is very dark, only letting light through once you hold it up to a bright source. A good looking stout by any standard. Smell is... wow. Definitely full of dark chocolate and malts. Probably one of the most chocolatey smelling beers I've ever sampled.

Lots of maltiness in the initial sip, followed by the sweet, creamy chocolate flavoring from the nose. Just a hint of bitterness, along with some mild astringency. It finishes off with a light aftertaste that's more malts and sweet chocolate. Can't really detect the ABV at all. Surprisingly delicious. The mouthfeel is pretty chewy and coats the tongue well with a nice creamy quality.

Drinkability is pretty damn good. A sweet, pleasing taste coupled with a great smell and a creamy feel make this brew eminently quaffable. Very well done and something I will keep a lookout for in the future.

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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with excellent initial head. Smell is molasses with a hint of coffee...very inviting. Taste is malty...sweet, molasses...sugar..Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is very smooth, almost syrupy..could almost be served slightly warmed. Smoothness and lack of harsh alcohol notes make this very drinkable.

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Photo of dementionX
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer and I must say it's not a bad beer. It wasn't what I had ordered but it wasn't bad enough to send it back. It went well with a smoky bacon cheddar burger, almost complimented it perfectly. It's got a somewhat smoky scent to it (which is why it probably went well with the burger), with an almost noticeable chocolate afterscent.

Drinking it was pretty enjoyable. It was mellow (mouthfeel wise) and the taste was semi-chocolatey but not overpowering. I'd drink it again, just not often.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice black color with a medium sized and light bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted and toasted malts, a very sweet cane sugary smell to it that was pretty enticing.
T: Very sweet malt up front followed by a very sweet cane sugary taste to it, some chocolate, and then a hint of alcohol.
M: Smooth, rich, sweet, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Pretty drinkable, this was a nice beer that had a lot of sweet flavors to it and a pretty decent abv. I liked it, I just wish the bottle was a full 12-16oz.

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Photo of anichols70
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review, so bear with me...

Just returned from a trip to Jamaica. A friendly resort employee picked some up for me. 284ml bottle poured into a tumbler (not many options in the minibar). Best before date of Dec. 2013.

Appearance - Extremely dark, almost black. Minimal light tan head which didn't last long.

Smell - This is my weakest point, but I got molasses and caramel. Maybe a very light burnt coffee.

Taste - Hints of chocolate and maybe a little coffee. Creamy, with a medium mouthfeel. Sweet, like a milk stout. No real bitterness. Slight alcohol on the finish, but not overpowering. At 7.5%, this beer could be dangerous.

Overall - Sweet, but not overly so for me. I was skeptical about a stout in the tropics, but I found it to be actually very refreshing. Much more so than I would have imagined it could be. One of those beers that I think directly represents where it is brewed. Might seem too sweet or unbalanced if I were drinking it at home in New England, but perfect for the location and climate of Jamaica.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a pretty good tasting story for this one. The bottom line is: don't visit Jamaica without drinking some, and be sure to sample some of the other tastey treats for which Jamaica is well known.

I had one day in Jamaica on our cruise last month. Our ship docked in Falmouth and we had hoped to do a shopping/beach/private drive excursion towards Montego Bay, but we ended up with just a beach excursion (keeping in mind that Caribbean beaches are absolutely wonderful). The bar at our beach had Red Stripe tasting better than I had ever remembered but no Dragon Stout. Prevously I've found Dragon imported to the US to be too sweet to drink more than a couple.

The beach boss asked if he could be of assistance - he sent someone to get me some Dragon (and more later). I ended up drinking three, all completely warm. It is as I remembered it, good but too sweet to drink very much of. Still, it was a very pleasant day and I recommend Dragon for Jamaican beach goers.

During the afternoon I wandered down the beach and sampled other very tasty Jamaican products in a beach shack with some locals. Very nice and also recommended for visitors. All in all, Dragon was part of my perfect Jamaican buzz.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Updated review (as of 24AUG03), as I had the chance to enjoy 4 or 5 bottles of this at my leisure while at Sandals Royal in Jamaica. Deep opaque brown color, with a creamy tan, short, fine head. Some lacing but minimal. Mouthfeel is medium for body and smoothness... a touch of carbo, but still ok. Sweet nose of chocolate...like a chocolate milk-shake. No hop presence at all. A definite malty sweetness pervades all. Has a creamy/milky aspect to it as well. Choco/coffee flavors abound (though really mostly sweet and with very short on bitterness). A tad roasty. Minimal (if that) hop presence. An easily drinkable brew, but perhaps considered such when put up against Red Stripe. Ratings for the updated version are 4.0 across the board. Irie, Mon!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Spur of the moment decision to try this during a rest stop on the ride between Montego Bay and Negril... Poured jet black in color, with a tan, creamy, fading head. Hard to tell on lace, as I had a plastic cup... Had a roasty, coffee-like nose, with semi-sweet notes, too. Good body, and a nice smoothness on the tongue. Semi-sweet flavor permeates....like a milk-stout, with a touch of hop bitterness at the very end. The roasty, sweet, choco flavor lingers, though. Very tasty!! I KNOW they won't have this at the resort, so I'm savoring this one!! (Original review from 01SEP02; 4.0/4.0/4.5/4.0/4.5 = 4.25)

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Photo of mick303
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours three fingers of light tan brown head, goes down in a minute or two, leaving a nice film and lace. Colour is jet black.

Aroma has a definite roast character, some fruity grapefruit esters, fresh coffee notes. Also dark chocolate/cocoa, maybe tobacco as well. Quite thick, but pretty good balance.

Flavour follows the nose, plenty of roast coffee, dark chocolate, some cherries. Fair bit of sweetness on the malt. Pretty good complexity and not much in the way of faults. Something of a metallic note on the aftertaste.

Great full mouthfeel, surprisingly smooth and creamy with just enough of a bitter bite, a bit syrupy and plenty dry on the finish. Big body but quite nice drinkability on this.

Pretty nice and enjoyable stout. Traditional profile, and does that quite well. Dryness on the end is good. Not the best I've had, but still a really good brew that deserves a try.

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Photo of cbn
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown body with ruby-red highlights. Thin mocha head leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Light sweet aromas of roasted malt, dextrose, and leafy vegetal hop.

Roasted malt and sweet corn with an alcohol note in background, hop character not apparent. No off flavors.

Medium body mildy mouth-coating. Fairly clean after-taste.

Sweet and malty with little complexity of flavor. Easy to drink warm or cold. Although my tongue discerns adjuncts(corn) this offering is a national(Jamaica)icon and a regional favorite. Very drinkable!

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Short lived, foamy, dark cocoa colored head. Opaque oil colored beer. Toasted malt aroma. Rich, roasted malt flavor, a bit of cocoa, mildly sweet. Becomes a bit drier towards the end, but the sweet malt lingers. Very drinkable 7/5% beer, even on a hot Jamaican evening.

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Photo of jampics2
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of several 12oz bottles enjoyed on my Honeymoon in Montego Bay. Poured into a goblet with a smile by Garth, ya mon, respekt! This is BY FAR the best beer available in Jah Make Ya!

This beer is black with some brown, mahogany, and brilliant red highlights. The tan head is nice and sticks around for a while. It also leaves decent lace.

The aroma is a tale of two levels of scent. You have a nice roasted malt characteristic, lending impressions of chocolate and coffee. There's also a level of sweetness that comes across like sugarcane. Some caramel, molasses, and toffee are also apparent.

The taste is wonderful for a foreign export stout, and picks up where the scents left off. A heafty dose of caramel and sugarcane is joined my roasty chocolate and coffee, with just a touch of molasses as well. It's not the most flavorful stout I've ever had, but it does produce a nice flavor albeit a bit sweet. Not even in the same camp as Guinness or the excellent American take on the style by Left Hand called Fade to Black. But for a stout that is primarily drank on the island of Jamaica, you need to respect how clean and refreshing this is.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the carbonation is perfect to make the beer just a bit lively. There's a nice, sweet aftertaste with minimal hops or lingering roast. I can't wait to get back to Montego Bay again to have some Dragon. Just a fantastic beer, the taste of paradise for me.

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Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a big tan head. Head falls slow leaving decent lacing.

Roasted malt and coffee aroma. Not overwhelming and not much else. Maybe dark fruits.

Deep fruity malts in the taste. Alcohol is present. This is almost more like a quad that a stout. Mild bitter aftertaste. Very interesting.

Medium to full bodied in the mouth with mild carbonation.

Well, this is an interesting beer, not at all as I would have expected. Definitely more of a quad/stout combo. Strange beer, I like it.

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Photo of ballewblake
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guinness tumbler.

Looks like a good stout, dark brown with a one finger tan head. Some dark malts on the nose, some mild chocolates in there. Lots of sweetness in this stout, a little milky, some very lite roasted malts in there. Carbonation is mild, very easy to drink. Mainly a really sweet stout.

Thanks to RblWthACoz for the brew.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

9.6oz bottle. Appears to be marked July 24, 2009. Bottled on or best by? I don't know.

Pours very dark brown, medium bodied, with a two finger light brown head that holds a small cap but doesn't leave much lacing.

Aroma is sweet and sugary roasted malts, chocolate, fruits such as cherries and figs, smoke, alcohol, and a touch lactic.

Flavor is dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, a touch of hop bitterness on the finish, but there is some lingering sweetness, too. Alcohol is well-hidden on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low in carbonation, goes down real smooth and easy for a stout.

I think this is a good example of the style, and better than the scores indicate. Not the absolute top in the category, but at least equal, if not a bit better than Lion Stout IMO.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark with a thin tan head. Flavor has a nice very mild bitter side to it and a fuller smooth sweet edge. Milky in a way. Seems to be some molasses on there as well. Feel is very smooth on the liquid and the lower carbonation is still nicely noticeable. I think this is a great stout. Very easy to drink and it carries a nice smooth and sweet edge. Pretty darn good I say! Makes me happy to see this at the bodega down the street (the smell of spilt and rotten milk's gotta go though).

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown colour that has a bit of a black oily characteristic it it. The head is mid-sized and off white and leaves a tiny amount of itself on the glass after each sip.

The aroma is a nice blend of fruit (mostly berries) and sweet chocolate, with some roasted malt coming through to compliment the sweetness and provide for a nice balance.

The flavour is more of the same. The sweetness and the roasted notes from the malt balance just right to provide for some nice flavour in each sip. There is also a hint of coffee here and there that is not noticeable in the aroma and also does not take away from the balance of the flavour. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and a bit lighter than expected for a stout, but still very much a stout at the same time, if that makes sense. There is some oily slickness here as well, as noted earlier.

This is a nice brew and my favourite of anything I sampled in Jamaica. Note to all: anytime I saw this brew be it in individual bottles or in a six pack, it was priced significantly lower than the uber-popular Red Stripe, likely because they know that most Americans are going to want all Red Stripe all the time while in Jamaica. That said, while the price on the Red Stripe was still fairly reasonable, it meant the price of the Dragon Stout was excellent (something like just under a buck a bottle when buying singles, and this was at the "grocery store" at our resort, where everything was pricey). You can't complain when the best beer on the island is also the cheapest. Well worth a bit of an extra effort to find in Jamaica and still a nice stout to have at home in the States as well...

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmm, good beer. A shade short of pitch black, with a decent, one finger head with lots of staying power. Nice. Rings of lace stay on the glass like it was glued on, with a lace curtain between each ring. Whoa, sweet smell. Alot of roasted barley, without the burnt smell. Bit of a milk smell as well. Or something similar to milk. Cream? Half and half? Taste kicks your tongue with sweet, roasted barley that's been roasted to near perfection. Chocolatey, creamy and smooth. Still has the dairy quality to it. Chewy mouthfeel. Almost like a pudding. I'll be buying this again. Nice and drinkable. Not a session beer, but a beer that one wll want to drink again. And for something with such a lack of hops, it's quite well balanced. The malt starts out sweet, but the roastiness leaves a bittering aftertaste. I like it.

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Photo of SisuPride
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I recieved this bottle in a mix dark beer gift box..

A - The black color of this beer is how I like a beer to look. Once you go black you will never go back.

T - Good blend of chocolate/cinnamon flavor - not over powering.

M - Average - not going to wow you when it hits your tongue - kind of like a good friend you have always known is visiting.

D - Overall, a tasty stout. I'm surprised a stout this good is Jamaican - I guess it is my ignorance that thinks of Red Stripe and Ginger Beer when thinking of Jamaican Beers.

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Photo of fullsweep
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

284 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: dark brown, cola-coloured; thick, brown, foamy head of 4-finger thickness that dissipates moderately quickly leaving a modest amount of lacing.

S: cola, coffee, with a hint of something spicy; later on picking up some earth/woody tones as well.

T: chocolate-liqueur (from the high ABV?), almost kahlua-like, also somewhat similar to an iced coffee/mocha. There is something very familiar about this taste, and yet there is a spiciness underneath that is its own--perhaps this is the Jamaican touch!

M: active carbonation yet smooth and syrupy, complementing the sweetness and the alcohol.

D: although the ABV is high for a regular ale, it's in keeping with a foreign/export stout, and the smaller serving size keeps this in check. In spite of its punch, this is a nice drinkable beer.

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